Prepared by Elizabeth Williams, October, 2002; Updated July 31, 2006
2 record storage boxes, 2 cubic feet, 12th floor
During his years at Kent State (1969-1973) Paul Keane was a graduate student,
residence hall assistant, and instructor at the Center for Peaceful Change.
Keane was very active on campus and in the community. He was co-leader of the
national petition for a Federal Grand Jury regarding the events of May 4, 1970.
He also organized Pop's Snow Squad, a town and gown collaboration that shoveled
four blocks of sidewalk every time it snowed so that Pop Fischer, a school crossing
guard, could walk to work without injury. The group received national coverage
on the CBS Evening News.
Scope and Content
The collection consists of a series of Keane's personal papers that include
articles written by Keane, often under the pseudonym Broderick Euclid, and about
him in the Daily Kent Stater. The petition series contains copies of
the signatures gathered as well as newspaper articles about the progression
of the petition from Kent State's campus to the White House. The Center for
Peaceful Change series includes proposals for the program, papers written by
Keane's students, and correspondence. The 1972 Democratic National Convention
series is mostly comprised of newspaper sections and clippings that Keane collected
at the Convention while on assignment for the Center for Peaceful Change. The
Religious and Community Leaders series is also material that was collected during
his time spent at the Convention regarding the organization of a peaceful demonstration.
The Pop's Snow Squad series consists of newspaper articles as well as the transcript
from the CBS Evening News coverage. Also included in the series is correspondence
between the club and local establishments along with correspondence from viewers
that occurred following the national coverage.
Description of Series
Paul Keane (biographical information and personal
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